From the Morning Memo:
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello on Tuesday won his Republican primary for the state Senate district vacated earlier this year by Cathy Young.
Borrello declared victory hours after the polls closed over Allegany County Legislator Curtis Crandall.
“I’d like to thank all my supporters for turning out and voting for me in the primary for State Senate,” Borrello said in a statement. “Because of you, I will be on the ballot in November and I’m so grateful for all your efforts on my behalf.
In his victory announcement, Borrello thanks his supporters and called for unity following the primary.
“It’s time now to unite the Republican Party in the region and join together with everyone in the 57th Senate District who recognizes that we must stand up for our shared values and beliefs to pushback against the radical agenda in Albany,” he said.
The western New York district is a deep shade of red and is unlikely to present a competitive challenge for Republicans to hold later this fall.
Young resigned her seat in the Senate at the start of the year to take a job at Cornell University. She had unsuccessfully challenged Sen. John Flanagan for the conference’s minority leader post after Republicans failed to retain the majority last year.
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